Germanwings crash in French Alps: all aboard feared dead

In a developing story, Lufthansa- operated Germanwings Airbus 320 has crashed with all 148 passengers feared dead.

The crash occurred in a remote part of southern France on Tuesday. A spokesman for France’s DGAC aviation authority said the airliner crashed near the town of Barcelonnette about 100 km (65 miles) north of the FrenchRiviera city of Nice.

AFP reported that the plane had issued a distress call at 10:47 a.m. local time (5:47 a.m. ET).
Neither Lufthansa or Airbus had any immediate comment on the crash.

In a live briefing French President, Francois Hollande, said he does not believe any of the 142 passengers or six crew members survived.

“There were 148 people on board,” Hollande said. “The conditions of the accident, which have not yet been clarified, lead us to think there are no survivors.” He added, “the accident happened in a zone that is particularly hard to access.”

Holande also said that there were likely a high number of Germans on board the flight going from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.

Germanwings is a popular budget airline with Europeans for business trips and weekend getaways.

Sky News, citing France’s interior ministry, reported that debris from the plan were found near a village in the region of Digne-les-Bains, a remote and sparsely inhabited commune in the foothills of the French Alps.

“We are aware of the media reports,” Airbus said on Twitter. “All efforts are now going towards assessing the situation. We will provide further information as soon as available.”

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